Cold-Case Mystery #2 - The Supernatural Deaths of 9 Hikers at Dyatlov Pass

Cold-Case Mystery #2 - The Supernatural Deaths of 9 Hikers at Dyatlov Pass

Do you believe in the Supernatural? If not, you soon will. Let's see if you can find out what caused the bizarre deaths of 9 innocent hikers at Dyatlov Pass.

WARNING: The pictures below may be graphic for certain individuals. If you are sensitive to gruesome pictures, please take caution while reading. Unfortunately, this event did take place in the year of 1959—these pictures are very much real.

It was one unfortunate night on January of 1959 that would leave the world in hysteria for the next 50 years. Ten Russian hikers from the Ural Polytechnic Institute began to make their way up Otorten Mountain; today it is known as Dead Mountain. The winter weather kept worsening as they hiked up the mountain, and soon enough, one of the hikers fell ill and had to turn back. Little did he know, he would never see his companions alive again.

Two weeks later, there was no word from the trekking group that were last known to set up camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl. A search party was sent out to catch up with them. On February 26th, they found the campsite. What they found was horrifying. Two bodies were found near the tree line of a forest. The trees near where the bodies were found, had many broken branches almost as if it had been attacked. Investigators concluded the possibility that the hikers were trying to run away from something and climb the trees in a frantic manner, because there were no other tracks besides the ones of the hikers found. Oddly, they were wearing nothing but underwear. Three more bodies were found in between the camp and the forest. Of the three, one suffered a fractured skull. At the time, it was thought that the bodies had suffered hypothermia. The reason that the two bodies near the forest were undressed was perhaps due to a phenomenon known as "Paradoxical Undressing". This happens when a body becomes so cold (in the case of hypothermia) that the person feels as if they are burning like they are on fire causing them to undress. But how did that cause fractured skull?

When investigators took a closer look at the campsite, what they found was frightful. The tent was found in shreds—it had been torn up from the inside. The surviving hiker that had previously fallen ill was able to distinguish the belongings of the dead bodies. But curiously, there were foreign items that did not belong to any of the hikers. For example, a military cloth was found at the site that did not belong to any of the hikers according to surviving hiker.

It wasn't until two whole months later, they found the last four bodies in the hiking party buried deep within the snow. The last four bodies suffered more casualties than the other five. They suffered fractured skulls, broken limbs, crushed ribs, and one woman was missing a TONGUE. Scared? It gets worse. These bodies were found to be wearing the clothes of the previous bodies found near the forest. Perhaps they had survived and had taken the clothes to keep warm while building a cave in the snow to avoid the wintry weather. But why had they left the tent in the first place? What had caused them to leave in a havoc-like manner? After autopsy was done, it was found that there was no outward trauma, just inward trauma. The doctor reported that the trauma was in fact "too strong for any human to have caused it".

The clothes on the last four bodies were wreaking radiation. In fact the whole campsite was reported to have radiation all around it. The source of the radiation was never confirmed. Some people believe that a Russian Missile Testing had killed off the hikers explaining the radiation. But when looked into it, there was no sign of a missile hitting any nearby mountain. Most importantly, if a missile had hit the area, it showed no outside effect on the bodies.

During the time of the journey, lead investigator, Lev Ivanov, was convinced that the party had been killed by aliens. Reports are shown that 30 miles south of Dyatlov's party was another hiking group that had reported "bright spheres" in the sky. When Ivanov went to nearby military and weather stations, he found the same reports of brights spheres thought to be UFO's. In fact the last photo that the group ever took was a dark picture with a blurry bright light. The aliens could explain radiation, "inhuman trauma", and the well-covered tracks. This made him more convinced then ever only to have his investigation shut down by the Russian government in the upcoming months.

The theory of avalanches has come and gone amongst people. But it was pushed aside, because there was no outward trauma on the bodies. Plus how could a avalanche cause radiation and a missing tongue? Another theory, as bizarre as it is, is the Yeti. The Yeti is large, hairy, bear-like creature that is larger and more powerful than the average human. It can be compared to Bigfoot. Some people think the Yeti attacked the group, but at the same time, can you imagine the Yeti trying to clean up his tracks?

Today this area is known as "Dyatlov's Pass", because the leader of the hiking party's name was Dyatlov. Many theories have come and gone, but no one knows for sure. Was it aliens? Was it a missile? Was it the Yeti? What theory could put together everything found in this case? Do you think you've solved the supernatural deaths of nine hikers at Dyatlov's Pass?

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?


Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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